Monday, August 8, 2011

Nature at work

Who has been digging? It definitely isn't Jalapeno or Willie and I doubt Al Pacino or Juan would do this much rooting around. But something has done a lot of pawing around the squirrel holes to the west between the campfire site and the big pine tree. Coyotes??

And Manzanita is definitely persistent. This is the growth from a root where we cleared it on the path between the cabin and the old fire site. If we can get this growth in the road that was just cleared, it will fill in fast.

Married just in time

It is a good thing Andrew and Becky got married when they did. This big tree fell across the road to the wedding site sometime after the wedding but before our visit over the weekend. It is clearly very rotten, as you can see from the view where the rotten roots broke off.

The cabin in summer

If you look through the blog, there are no photos of the cabin in the summer. The light was wrong to take my favorite view, but here are two others for the record.

Shopping list

Before the snows, we need
laundry detergent (any kind)
liquid dish soap

Anytime we can use a new potato peeler. The current one is even duller than the knives, if you can imagine.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yep, it is a highway

We made a quick trip up to see the outrage. And yes, I am outraged. We definitely have to have the road closed and also get some trees planted to replace all those damaged or torn out. Fortunately, no one was on it when I walked down it.

I am impressed at how much paving is still on the road after so many year. I don't know when it was built, but it was closed in the early 1950s.

Dinkey Creek still has a lot of water. About like June in a normal year. At Lower Dinkey, water is still trickling over the rock that we used to slide around in the middle of the swimming hole. But a brave swimmer could now go in and not get swept away.

Thanks to whoever took away ALL the recycling.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Road Rage

SURPRISE! We arrive Friday evening to discover a newly constructed super highway plowing through our property. It's 24 ft. wide, graded level, and trees along the side trimmed clear of branches at least 20 ft. high. No, we did not know this work was to be done on our land and we certainly hadn't given permission. Sob. The "Remove Rk Barrier" on the stake refers to the granite boulders we paid to have put in place to prevent access to our land. Obviously they didn't stop the USFS. If the 20' x 50' pile of brush stacked just down the draw from our cabin is ignited, it could burn our entire tree farm.